How do we create a learning community that is
predictable, consistent, safe, and positive
across people, place, and time?
This question guides our work around the type of culture and school environment we strive to create for our students at Brooklyn Primary. By examining school data and staying up to date on best practices, we continually collaborate as a staff to ensure our school meets the needs of every child.
To help us answer this question, we utilize Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS).
There are three basic components of PBIS:
When we talk about our beliefs, we use this phrase:
The Brooklyn Way.
We are kind.
We are responsible.
We are respectful.
We are safe.
At Brooklyn, we spend time teaching expectations to all students. Our expectations apply to all areas of the school including the halls, bathrooms, cafeteria, classroom, playground, and at arrival and dismissal. All staff teach these expectations and beliefs through activities including “Bulldog Bootcamp” and classroom lessons. Recognition is provided for students who follow our beliefs. Self-management strategies and additional resources are used with students who may need supplemental supports. Finally, data is collected and reviewed to inform our next steps.
When students come to school feeling safe and respected, the students are more likely to be successful in all areas of school as well as academically, socially, and emotionally. As the year progresses, we will continue to ask ourselves the guiding question above and adapt our PBIS program to ensure we create a school climate that is predictable, consistent, safe and positive for all.